4-Star Texas Tech DE Commit to Visit OSU Game

2012 defensive end prospect and 4-star recruit Michael Starts from La Vega High School (Waco) in Texas is enjoying his senior season. As a Texas Tech commit Starts said it's nice to have a weight lifted off his shoulders and to just focus on football for the rest of the season.

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"It feels good being committed," said Starts. "It's a lot of weight lifted off my back. All I have to worry about this season is playing here and winning a state championship. And then going straight to Texas Tech."

And there's no question Texas Tech has a weight lifted off their shoulder with gaining the top defensive end.

Starts was described by the Scout.com in his player evaluation as: "An amazing physical specimen in addition to being a player with feet and explosion good enough to play on the offensive or defensive line in college. He plays offensive tackle, but could easily slide in to play guard. He pulls well and is able to get down field to block on the second level. He is good in pass protection and super strong when making first contact. He has a wide base and will only be better as he adds weight with maturity."

Starts is expected to make an immediate impact on the Red Raiders when he gets to Lubbock. And while Starts has been committed to Texas Tech for a few months he remembers what it was like the day he decided he wanted to play for the Red Raiders.

"When I went down there on an official visit I talked to the head coach (Tommy) Tuberville and some of the other coaches that are there," Starts said. "I just felt real comfortable. They are like a family and I feel like I could tell them anything."

Starts said he is closest with both Tuberville and defensive ends coach, Robert Prunty. The top prospect also reaffirmed that he is set on Texas Tech and will not be considering any other schools.

Starts plans to take another visit to Texas Tech during the Red Raiders conference game against Oklahoma State on November 12th. The 6'4 275 pound recruit is ranked as the No. 2 offensive guard prospect in the country according to Scout, but he will play defensive end at Texas Tech. Starts told us what he wants to accomplish on the visit.

"I'm going to be looking at what the defense is running since they recruited me as a defensive end," Starts said. "And just have fun with the football players."

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